Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes scored 11 points and pulled down five rebounds to help USA Basketball's U18 national team to a 107-72 victory over Argentina in the semifinals of the FIBA Americas Championship on Tuesday.
The U.S. is 4-0 in the tournament, which is taking place in Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso, Brazil. Tuesday's win sets up a rematch in the Gold Medal game against Brazil, which the U.S. defeated 83-64 on Monday. Stokes scored a team-high 22 points on 11-of-14 shooting and pulled down eight rebounds in Monday's win. He compared Brazil's home-court advantage to that of a collegiate team's.
"It's like going to Kentucky and Rupp (Arena),'' Stokes said in a UT release. "I hadn't seen anything like that from a country standpoint and how they were cheering their guys on even though they were down 20. We felt like we were down.''
Brazil earned the rematch by defeating Canada, 66-62, on Tuesday.
The U.S. team has qualified for the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship.